A List Apart Returns

If you’re in to web design, but have never read any articles over at A List Apart, I highly recommend that you scoot your butt over there and start readin’.

The site has been under construction for over a month and I’ve really missed reading fresh content there. Now that their new layout is up, they have satisfied my cravings with three new articles. I especially enjoyed the sliding doors article.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about trying my hand at freelance web design. I think I would have to learn flash first, but some things I’ve read lately have convinced me that the world of freelance design may not be as hard to break into as I had previously thought. I’m not sure I could do it for a living, but I already spend way too much time working on my own site. Why not make a little side money doing something I enjoy?

4 thoughts on “A List Apart Returns

  1. The funny thing (in my mind anyways) is how something suddenly stops being enjoyable when you start to do it for money.

    Take music (or computers for that matter). I have always loved both. But when it comes to college courses on the subject (or in other words, future jobs), ugh… not so fun anymore.

    I am sitting here working on some cs homework, wondering what possesed me to enter this (cs) major. The instructions aren’t clear, the answers are even foggier, and I want to go home. :)

    I just keep telling myself how much it will be worth it in the end, and I am able to go on.

    So, my 2 cents on the matter, is don’t think that just because you enjoy doing it for yourself that you will enjoy doing it for other people. Because, that probably wouldn’t be the case.

  2. Funny… I’m just the opposite. I do what I do because I know I’ll give it my all. Work is work. Might as well enjoy it. [Big Grin]

    Anyhow, I think if you’re going to learn Flash you should first learn Illustrator. I haven’t taken my Flash class yet, but I have a friend in it right now in my 3-D class. He says a lot of people use Illustrator or Painter to do their work and they import it. But it’s up to you really. You can still do all your work in Flash. I’d suggest getting a drawing tablet if you do. Drawing with a mouse is incredibly hard. Unless you’re just doing all type or something.

  3. Flash is silly. It’s only part of web design, and not really that big of a part. How many sites do you visit have that much flash on them?

    I’ve seen your sites; they’re good. They don’t need flash. What you do with CSS and XHTML is pretty, simple, straighforward, and clean.

    In the world of art/design, your portfolio is the king, not your technical skills or education. If people like what they see, they’re going to hire you to create something similar. No matter how well-designed your website is, if it doesn’t match in some way what your client is looking for, then they’re not going to hire you. What this means is that you can easily get stuck doing the same kind of site over and over. Of course, this is great if the type of site that you’re creating is the kind you enjoy creating. So create sites that you like to create, and things will fall into place.

    When you are deciding whether or not to take a job, you should think, “Is this going to be something that I am going to want to put in my portfolio? Are future clients going to be impressed by this?” If you can’t answer yes to both questions then maybe you should reconsider the job.

    The hardest part of breaking into something is getting the contacts. Do that, and you’re set.

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